After 2 years with 1MMAGC my first blog post! I'm Amber, I am from beautiful sunny southern California. I am a stay-at-home mom of 3 gorgeous girls. We home-school and love that firearms safety is one of our elective classes. The focus of my blog here is going to be..... SURPRISE, kid's firearm safety!
I have three girls, ages 3,5 and 7. Now, I'm no expert and make no claim to be, I'm just a mom talking about what has worked for us (and what hasn't).
I had a plan of how I was going to do many things before I became a mother, one of which was how I was going to introduce my kids to firearms. Then of course kids arrived and nothing has gone as my former know-it-all self had expected. I thought I could sit down with my child, explain guns and what they do in one easy conversation, I'll pause here for you to laugh.
In reality, it takes repetition and more repetition for children to "get it".
Our firearm training started before we ever went to the range. At first, I tried just talking about safety, but at the time, my oldest was 4 and couldn't care less unless Dora was talking. Then, I learned that teaching kids means learning their language. We first walked around the house and pointed out what she doesn't touch because it can hurt her. I moved from the conversation to firearms and showed her one of our rifles, explaining what it does and what we use it for.
Let me share with you my biggest mom tip: When introducing ANYTHING new, keep it simple! Use non-technical language to explain. The magazine was "the holder" to start etc. Next, keep it light. BUT, reiterate that a gun is not a toy. If you keep it light, kids feel more comfortable in asking questions. Last, answer all questions kids ask, even if they seem odd. Justice asked me, "if guns can kill a turkey, can it kill God too?!" I thought it was silly but she was very concerned and she needed me to reassure her God was safe, and so was she.
Getting kids to understand firearms isn't always easy, but it's always rewarding. So keep the knowledge and the conversation flowing! At what age did you introduce your children to firearms? How did you start the conversation?
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